Friday, January 3, 2020
The Denver Nuggets are trying to recover from a 130-104 loss they took in the hands of the Houston Rockets on December 31. They will hope to do so against the Indiana Pacers tonight in Indiana. The Pacers, on the other hand, are looking to grab a second straight victory. Tonight’s meeting will mark the first of two matchups between these teams this season.
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY:
The Nuggets and the Pacers have battled each other a grand total of 90 times in the past as both teams won 45 games apiece.
-Malik Beasley (coach’s decision; 6.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.0 APG, 40.2 FG%, 39.8 3P%)
-Torrey Craig (coach’s decision; 2.9 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 0.7 APG, 38.2 FG%, 23.5 3P%)
-Juan Hernangomez (coach’s decision; 3.3 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.7 APG, 35.7 FG%, 26.7 3P%)
-Jarred Vanderbilt (coach’s decision; 0.5 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.3 APG, 100.0 FG%)
-Bol Bol (foot)
-Vlatko Cancar (0.5 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0.0 FG%)
-P.J. Dozier (G-League)
-Alize Johnson (coach’s decision; 1.7 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.2 APG, 53.8 FG%)
-T.J. Leaf (coach’s decision; 3.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.3 APG, 41.5 FG%, 35.7 3P%)
-JaKarr Sampson (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.4 APG, 57.1 FG%, 20.0 3P%)
-Victor Oladipo (knee)
-Edmond Sumner (knee; 4.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 1.7 APG, 39.1 FG%, 26.7 3P%)
-Malcolm Brogdon (back; 17.7 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.6 FG%, 33.3 3P%)
-Brian Bowen (0.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Naz Mitrou-Long (ankle; 4.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 37.5 FG%, 18.2 3P%)
The Pacers would have a slight upper hand in the first half as they shot sixty percent from the field while the Nuggets shot fifty-four percent. Jeremy Lamb warmed up with 18 points while hitting 3 three-pointers in the process. T.J. Warren chalked up 14 points while grabbing five rebounds, dishing off two assists, and committing two steals. He also had two treys while Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis combined for 17 points. Justin Holiday played 12 minutes off the bench but had only a three-pointer.
On the other end of the floor, Jamal Murray scored 17 points on sixty-percent shooting. He had two three-pointers in the process while Will Barton helped out with nine points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Nikola Jokic was kept to just two points while Gary Harris had seven points. Mason Plumlee played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points but it was the home team who went into halftime with a tight 64-62 lead.
The Nuggets would turn things around in the second half as they went on a 62-52 run, shooting fifty-one percent from the field. During that run, Jokic made up for his performance in the first half as he dropped 20 points and collected six boards. Both Jamal Murray and Gary Harris had five points each while Paul Millsap was kept to two points. Michael Porter played 14 minutes off the bench as he had 18 points.
As for the home team, Turner and Lamb both had 12 points each while Sabonis contributed with 10 points. T.J. McConnell played the most minutes off the bench but only scored two points as the Nuggets defeated the Pacers, 124-116. Michael Porter finished the game with 25 points, along with 5 rebounds, and one assist while Jeremy Lamb had a season-high 30 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and one steal.
The Denver Nuggets will head to the Nation’s Capital to take on Bradley Beal (27.8 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.6 APG, 43.5 FG%, 31.5 3P%) and the Washington Wizards (10-23) on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that these two ball clubs will see each other this season. November 26 was the last time they played each other as the Wizards fell to the Nuggets, 117-104. Jerami Grant finished that game with 20 points, 4 rebounds, one assist, and two steals while Jordan McRae had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.
The Indiana Pacers will go to Georgia to battle John Collins (18.3 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.7 APG, 51.5 FG%, 36.8 3P%) and the Atlanta Hawks (7-27) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. This will the third and final time that they played each other this season. The last time they saw each other was on December 13 when the Pacers escaped with a 110-100 victory. During that game, Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished off 12 assists while Trae Young had 23 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and one block.